Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc
I don't know a single one of those ...
Neither did I a couple of years ago . . . how time flies. I now own several and have also had the pleasure of spending an hour or so talking to Frederic Malle with a couple of basenotes friends here a few weeks ago.
I voted a few - French Lover & Noir Epices are the two I probably wear most, but I have a soft spot for L'Eau d'Hiver (lit: "winter water") which some say is J.C. Ellena's tribute to Apres l'Ondee. I asked M. Malle about the story behind this one and the thing that struck me was when he said that during the process of developing the scent J.C.E was, apparantly, adamant that he would not use vanilla. I can only suppose that the subject had come up and it might have been considered as a note to add warmth or something? It's an unusual (and to some, unremarkable - at least initially) scent but I'm glad I bought it because it's great for a quiet Saturday stroll in winter when you just wanna think . . . or not. I think it's a masterpiece, personally.